Deputy Fergus O'Dowd and the late Councillor Oliver Tully pictured at the sea wall at Baltray a couple of years ago.
The late Councillor Oliver Tully was a Trojan worker on behalf of his home village of Baltray and yesterday, three months after his sudden death in July, came news that one of his pet projects, the provision of flood defences for Baltray which he had been chasing for years, has been approved.
The scheme at Baltray, at a projected cost estimate of approximately €1.93 million, will involve the construction of a series of hard defences consisting of embankments and walls which will offer protection to 73 properties when completed.
The Baltray scheme is just one of several proposed schemes in County Louth, including Drogheda, mentioned by Minister of State for Public Expenditure and Reform, Deputy Kevin Moran T.D. in response to a question from Deputy Fergus O'Dowd.
“The proposed flood relief scheme at Drogheda, Co. Louth, for which the Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) Programme estimated a total preliminary cost of €16.83 million, would involve construction of a series of hard defences (flood embankments and walls) along the River Boyne and improvement of conveyance, hard defences and a flow diversion channel on various tributaries, protecting 381 properties when completed” Deputy Moran said.
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"OPW has also established Engineering Consultancy Framework Agreements, which Louth County Council will be using to procure services to progress the design, development and planning of each project and which will help to speed up the process to construction. In addition, the Council has been provided with additional staffing resources by OPW to assist in the implementation of these schemes."
Although Deputy O’Dowd did ask for the expected dates of commencement and completion of these projects there was no definitive answer forthcoming
“The Steering Group last met on 9 October 2019 where the tender documents for the appointment of consultants for Dundalk/Blackrock South & Ardee were formally signed off” deputy Moran said.
“Louth County Council are expected to tender for environmental and design consultants for the Dundalk/Blackrock South and Ardee Flood Relief Schemes in the coming weeks with a proposed tender return date of January 2020. Work will commence on tender documentation for engineering consultants to progress the Drogheda and Baltray schemes shortly thereafter.
In County Meath, the proposed flood relief scheme at Mornington, with an estimated cost of approximately €530,000, will be progressed directly by Meath County Council with full funding from the OPW. The work proposed will involve the construction of a series of hard defences (embankments and walls) protecting 51 properties when completed.
Once consultants are appointed to progress each scheme, consultation with statutory and non-statutory bodies, as well as the general public, will take place at the appropriate stages to ensure that all parties have the opportunity to input into the development of the proposals within the scheme.